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Lottery player to look out for next year
First and foremost I would like to pay my respects to the players that this article is NOT about. It was a tough call but in the end Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, Bradley Beal, Andre Drummond and Damian Lillard were not the selected. Instead we will look at what is now considered a lost art…. A dominant Center. That is why I think Orlando Magic Center Nikola Vucevic is going to be someone to look out for next year. Vucevic is coming off his second year as a pro in which he surprised many (especially the 76’ers). Nikola was acquired in the Dwight Howard trade that sent Andre Igoudala to the Nuggets. He was viewed as nothing more than a throw in, after a relatively disappointing rookie campaign. The 22 year old from USC (born in Switzerland) thrived in his expanded role starting all of the 77 possible games he played in. Here is a breakdown to what we saw from him this year
Scoring- Vucevic proved that he could score consistently and efficiently. He averaged 13 PPG on 52% shooting from the field (22nd in NBA). He showed a variety of moves in the post and could even step out to knock down 15 footers. The real key to his offensive success is the way he attacks the glass. Vucevic gets plenty of easy looks inside on put backs and tip-ins. This is great for the Magic because he doesn’t have to have the ball in his hands to be effective. His 68% FT percentage is one of the top marks in the league for a center.
Rebounding- This is where Nikola truly separates himself from other big men. In my opinion he is the best pure rebounding center in the NBA. He truly works for his rebounds and battles every night. He finished second in the NBA with 12 RPG (only behind Dwight Howard.) He also is the only player this year to have 5 games with 20 plus rebounds. If he continues at this rate and stays consistent, he could lead the league in RPG by next year.
Defense- Probably the least exciting thing about him is his defense. Not that he is bad a t defense, he is just isn’t a dominant shot blocker that had become typical in today’s NBA. He plays his position well and puts up a Block and Steal per game. His ability to clear the defensive glass does make up for most of his shortcomings on this side of the floor.
Outlook-The future is bright for young Vucevic who is on his way to superstardom (and a max contract). If he can continue his current production and improve he could be the best Center in the game. Next year will obviously be a rebuilding year for the Magic (We have them selecting Ben Mclemore first in our mock draft) but they could build a foundation for success in the future. Many teams lack a stud centerpiece in the middle but GM Rob Hennigan was able to find this diamond in the rough. Who says he can’t do it again? (And again and again…).
2013-2014 stat predictions-
15.8 PPG, 12.8 RPG, 2 APG, 1.4 BPG, 1 SPG and 70% from the line
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Last edited by jmanvelocity; 05-30-2013 at 12:28 PM.
Orlando's in really good shape. Somehow all they need is a point guard and they may have all the pieces they need in place. At the time I thought they got hosed in the Howard trade, but somehow they wound up the big winners when you couple that trade with the Reddick deal.
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Mavericks Free Agent possibility
With the Dallas Mavericks finishing at .500 for the first time in 14 years (1999) it is clear they may need some help this year through free agency. Mark Cuban is continuing to promote his philosophy that the teams time is now. Mark is notorious for being a bit brash and is one of the NBA;s most outspoken owners, but this time I think he is right.
The mavericks franchise superstar put in another stellar performance this year putting up 17 PPG and 7RPG. At the age of 34 it is clear he is no longer capable of single handedly carrying a team through the playoffs but he is still a key contributor on any playoff team. With rumors swirling that Dirk is willing to take a pay cut, now is the time for the Mavericks to make a blockbuster move.
Looking at the Mavs depth chart, it shapes up like this for the time being:
Dallas Mavericks Depth Chart - 2012-13
Now clearly this isn’t a bad team but it isn’t a team to raise many eyebrows. That is why I think the Mavericks should pursue Center Andrew Bynum.
Overall plan- I feel that the Mavericks need to take advantage of this weak draft and make a strong draft selection that can contribute from the start. You can see that they are weak at PG and SG. Darren Collison had a disappointing year after he kicked off the season with a super start. OJ Mayo could be on his way out of Dallas but I would recommend them resigning him. I see a good fit being Syracuse PG Michael Carter Williams (Mavericks possess the 12th pick). MKW brings a lot of things to the table for a point guard and can contribute (and possibly) start at the beginning of the year. He brings size and court vision but will need to improve his jump shot to be truly effective. This leaves lots of cap space to pursue Bynum. Bynum was a dominant big with the Lakers when he played but missed this season due to injuries (or so they say). I have never been huge on Bynum but I do feel like he is a good fit having played in the Western conference. The Mavs are perfectly set up with good-character veterans who can keep him under control. On the court he and Dirk would prove to be a dominant combination. This is Somewhat similar to the current Utah Jazz situation. With dirk being able to knock down jump shots he would spread the floor and allow Bynum to operate in the paint where he Is most comfortable. I see Dirk having 2 more truly good seasons left in him before the Mavericks blow it up. With some good talented rookies and Bynum as a seasoned veteran, this could be a dangerous team for quite some time.
Jarret Jack- He would be more highly considered if not for the fact that he has openly expressed staying with the Warriors. A true breakout season from him while backing up Steph Curry.
J.J Hickson- The blazers big man had a strong season in which he averaged a double double. This would be a quality, financially smart move for the Mavs
Tony Allen- An amazing defender and stellar athlete, Allen is a specialist of sorts. I see him staying with the Grizzlies past this season, but if not you can definitely look for the Mavericks to be in the race to sign him.
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